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Child Talks

As part of the World Children’s Day celebrations the Ombudsman for Children's Office developed an educational speaker’s event called Child Talks. The main aim of this project is to elevate the voice of young people and provide a positive platform for all young people to tell stories that are personal to them.

Child Talks is an annual event from the Ombudsman for Children’s Office to mark World Children’s Day that hears directly from children and young people about the issues that matter to them. To celebrate Child Talks fifth year, we came directly to you live from the home of Dáil Éireann in Leinster House!

 Child Talks gives children a platform to share their views and experiences on issues that are important to them. Inspired by the location, the theme of this year’s event was ‘If I were Taoiseach for a day…’.

Our speakers aged 11 to 17 addressed an audience in Leinster House on a range of topics, including homelessness, education reform, autism supports, accessibility, rural transport, female empowerment, the Irish Language and listening to children.

Child Talks 2022 was hosted by our incredible past speakers, Anjelica and Dariusz.

Schools across the country tuned in online and we were even joined by Scoil Chrónáin in Leinster House.

Check out our Child Talks 2022 speakers and activity sheets for schools here.



Press Releases

Ombudsman for Children Office Launch Child Talks 2020

Child Talks 2019 – Children having their say on World Children’s Day

Child Talks; a series of inspiring stories from young people celebrating World Children’s Day